Aspera F40 review: Features | Pricing | Specs

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You're not awash with choices in the flip feature phone market, and if all you want is cheap and simple, the Aspera F40 will fit the bill.

2.8 inches

Display size

4GB

Internal storage

5 MP

Rear camera

1,600 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 2.8 inches
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording SD
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 107mm x 53mm x 18mm
Weight 123g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor
RAM 512MB
Operating system Custom
Internal storage

4GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 1,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$99
Aspera F40

The good

  • It's a very cheap flip phone
  • Large rubber buttons are easy to dial
  • Android 9
  • Removable battery

The bad

  • Very cheap plastic build
  • Camera is laughably bad
  • Android features are locked down
  • Poor battery life

While 2019 has seen a lot of hype around foldable phones, we've actually only seen one hit the market in the form of the wallet-busting Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The Aspera F40 has a folding mechanism, but in price terms, it couldn't be much further from the Galaxy Fold, unless it was actually free. It's a flip feature phone, a relative rarity in 2019, which puts it more in direct competition with handsets such as the Nokia 2720 Flip, albeit at a lower price point.

Like Aspera's Jazz 2, the Aspera F40 can be yours for just $99 outright, which puts it into the deliberately super-budget category. If it's a phone form factor that appeals to you, that might sound like a bargain.

I'm very much not the target market for this particular type of phone, so for the purposes of this review, I've also grabbed the assistance of my own mother, who quite independently of this review purchased an Aspera F40 for her own telecommunications purposes.

She sits well within the assumed target market for this kind of phone – older Australians who don't want a smartphone but recognise the value in having a simple device for calling, texting and other rudimentary functions.


Design

  • Cheap plastic build
  • 2.8-inch internal display
  • Exterior message lights
  • Rear SOS button
Aspera F40

Camera

  • 5MP rear camera is awful
  • Can't silence the shutter sound
Aspera F40

Performance

  • Android 9, not that you'd know it
  • Large custom interface
  • T9 text entry remains laborious
  • 3G/4G compatible
  • Can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot
Aspera F40

Battery life

  • 1,600mAh battery with poor endurance
  • Removable battery continues the retro theme
Aspera F40

Should you buy the Aspera F40?

  • A cheap and simple flip phone, but shop around for alternatives
Aspera F40

There simply aren't that many flip phones on the market, and the chances are good that if you're considering the Aspera F40 it's because it's a form factor that appeals to you.

It's certainly not overpriced, and the overall experience does reflect that. If you're looking for a more complete smartphone-style experience, there are plenty of alternatives on offer, but within its niche, the Aspera F40 is a fair device, if not exactly an exciting one.

It is worth considering your alternatives, however. The Nokia 2720 Flip is a somewhat better built flip phone, albeit a slightly more expensive option. The Aspera F40 also manages to come in a little cheaper than Telstra's own in-house Telstra Flip 2 handset, but again, it'd be smart to check around for deals on price for either of those handsets.


Pricing and availability

The Aspera F40 sells outright for $99.


Specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 2.8 inches
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording SD
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 107mm x 53mm x 18mm
Weight 123g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor
RAM 512MB
Operating system Custom
Internal storage

4GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 1,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
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